Some more great film clips:
We've seen a bazillion clips of Sharon Stone in Basic Instinct 2. Here's the
other main sex scene (zipped
.avi), as the detective has sex with his lover while thinking of Sharon
Stone. The woman is Flora Montgomery.
We really needed to see the jumbo-ass HD (zipped
.avi) version of The Beach to get a good look at
Virginie Ledoyen, because the day-for-night scene is so dark that it is
difficult to see when it is any smaller than this, but the size allows it to be
visible with less light. There is a sample capture below. The tiny insert is my
hypothetical re-creation of what the scene might have looked like in the
Internal Affairs (1990):
Andy Garcia plays a character who shows no signs of love,
caring, or humor. His eyes maintain eternal ophidian coldness.
He is a manipulative, jealous, sanctimonious, ambitious,
self-centered yuppie who doesn't trust his wife, and yet
neglects her when he isn't slapping her around in public places.
He refers to his partner as a dyke. He also demonstrates a
substance abuse problem.
he's the good guy!
That will tell you
something about the kind of police thriller we're dealing with here.
Garcia plays Raymond Avilla, an ambitious
newcomer to the Internal Affairs department of LAPD, and he is on the
trail of a troubled cop when he determines that the cop's partner
should be the real target. The real bad guy is a 40 year old beat cop
named Dennis Peck who is essentially at the same rank as when he
started in the force because he simply doesn't ever want to go any
higher. He loves the life on the streets. He also lives in a $400,000
home and owns two expensive cars, despite the fact that he makes
$35,000 a year, has three ex-wives, and is paying child support on
eight children! Internal Affairs can see that the facts point to
corruption, but Dennis Peck is not an easy man to investigate. He's a
highly decorated hero and a loving father with another on the way.
He's also an incredibly charming guy who has done favors for everyone
on the force from the lowest rookie to the top brass. He has built a
series of underworld connections that render him capable of doing
almost anything for anybody. Does a struggling cop need to moonlight
part-time? Peck finds him a decent job with good pay. Does somebody
need his parents killed? Peck can arrange that as well. In fact, when
his weak-kneed partner seems about to cave in and turn stoolie to
Internal Affairs, Peck uses his underworld connections to arrange a
hero's death for the youngster. How did Peck know that the guy was
about to turn? Peck was sleeping with the man's wife, who told him
everything. In fact, Peck seems to have every man in his pocket and
every woman in his bed, and seems to know everything, and everyone's
When Avilla gets too close
in his IA investigation, Peck starts to manipulate him as well. Peck
can see that the IA man is a workaholic who has an incredibly smokin'
neglected wife, so he provokes the investigator with a scheme to make
him think that his wife is sleeping with Peck. Peck uses the man's
jealousy and hot temper to provoke him into violence, first against
Peck, and then against his own wife.
two men get into a pecker contest that just keeps escalating into a
Is that plot
credible? On paper, no.
- Anybody as clever as Peck would not make it
so obvious that he was stealing. A cop paying child support on eight
kids driving a new Mercedes convertible and living in a mansion?
C'mon. Why not just wear a sign that says. "Bribes accepted. We take
all major credit cards."
- No police force would let an investigator
continue on a case after he beat the shit out of the guy he was
investigating, as Avilla did to Peck.
- An important conflict in the movie, between
the good cop and his wife, is provoked simply because she refuses to
say, "Oh I had lunch with some guy named Dennis Peck, and he asked
me tons of questions about you." That statement would have been
the simple truth, and would
immediately have drained all the tension from their relationship.
Instead, the tension was maintained because he had seen her lunching
with Peck and she refused to acknowledge it. She kept up with the
"It's none of your business" line, thus provoking him into a jealous
rage. But why would she do that? The lunch was innocent and she
should simply have explained what actually happened. Her behavior
wasn't credible. It was just a necessary script device.
- It was not credible that Peck would shoot
the IA cop (Avilla's partner). Up until that point, all of his evil
actions were deniable schemes, and there was a question of whether
he could weasel his way out of trouble. But there was no way to deny
having shot a cop in front of witnesses. In essence, that meant he
would have to be caught and killed or imprisoned, and therefore made
everything that came after it anticlimactic.
The whole concept is really ridiculous on
paper, and yet this film works in the sense that you don't raise many
serious credibility questions while you are watching it. It works
because the director did a masterful job of involving the audience
with the characters, and at maintaining the tension in scene after
scene. In one example, Avilla watches from across a busy street as his
wife lunches with Peck. He frets and paces back and forth, his anger
and shock escalating, exacerbated by the frustration he feels at not
being able to hear what they are saying, and that the traffic
sporadically blocks his view. The audience is inside his head, feeling
his frustration, yet also aware that he's being manipulated, because
the director occasionally switches the camera to a shot inside the
restaurant, where we can hear that the couple is having a perfectly
innocent conversation. In scene after scene, the director's choices
are perfect: the music, the camera set-ups, the editing, and so forth.
The film is dripping with malevolent tension. Impressive! The action
scenes are not as good, but this is really not an action movie. The
scenes that need to be good are good. (The director is Mike Figgis,
later of Leaving Las Vegas fame)
recognize the basic plot line? An evil, manipulative white male
character uses the minority hero's own jealousy and lack of
emotional control against him. The hero is married to a beautiful white
woman. At one point, the scoundrel even presents physical evidence
of the hero's wife's infidelity - like a pair of panties or, oh, I
don't know, maybe a handkerchief. If you think about it enough,
you'll see that Internal Affairs was inspired in many respects by
Shakespeare. Dennis Peck, in presenting the incriminating panties to
Avilla, is a modern version of Iago presenting the incriminating
handkerchief to Othello. In other scenes, Peck provokes other
characters to evil action - even murder - just for the sheer joy of
manipulation. Pure Iago!
Here's a surprise for you if you haven't seen
the film: the Iago role is played by Richard Gere. If you think that
is completely against type, think about it some more. Dennis Peck is
an evil, manipulative man but he appears completely charming on the
surface. He's a handsome, seductive ladies man who is desired by most
women, and whose affability and helpfulness make him popular with men
as well. He even loves children, and much of his behavior is
attributable to his desire to give all of his kids something better
than a life of dire poverty. It seems to me that Gere was the perfect
choice to play this role. If the actor were any less attractive, or
any less convincingly seductive, or any less sensitive with his
children, we could not believe that a simple beat cop had built such a
secret empire. More predictable casting, like Christopher Walken or John Malkovich, would not
have worked with
this role, but Gere had all the right stuff. It very well may be the
best performance of his career.
I really only had one
complaint about the film. With such a delicious set-up, I wish the
screenwriter could have come up with a better ending than to have
one of the two men standing with a smoking gun over the other's body
lying face-down in a pool of blood. I grant that the dialogue
between them in that showdown was inventive and that the scene was
presented skillfully and with dramatic impact - the kind of impact
that leaves the audience shivering as they watch a frozen tableau
while the music plays over the closing credits. Having granted that,
I just wish that Peck could have used his death in some ironic way -
to get a massive insurance settlement, or to frame Avilla for a
crime, or something like that, instead of just "Bang, bang, you're
dead. Roll credits."
that's only a quibble, so let's give credit where credit is due, and
plenty is due. Given that I hated both main characters and the
ending, I think it's a fair conclusion to say that the director and
actors did a helluva job in putting it all together, because I really
enjoyed watching this movie. In fact, I think it
is a good enough film that it merits a better DVD. I'd like to see a
DVD with a director's and or writer's commentary, with the deleted
scenes (there was a scene in the trailer which never made it into the
movie), and with both versions (widescreen and full screen) which have
been issued in the past.
I do NOT
recommend you get this DVD, even though the movie is good.
The saddest part about the widescreen DVD is not the lack of
features, but rather the fact that we lost the Nancy Travis
nudity. The Travis captures below are from the full screen VHS
I haven't seen Faye Grant in years, but IMDb says she has
a role in the upcoming "V: The Second Generation." (She
was in the original series 20-25 years ago.) Did you know
that her real name is Faye Yoe, and that she began her
show business career doing Spanish-language commercials in
Here is lots of info about her not available
(NOT from the DVD, which cuts this scene off at the top of
Here is Mr
Skin's zipped .wmv of the scene as it appears on video
tape. Collage below.
Elvis Presley and the
Presidents: A Retrospective of Executive
Branch Connections to the So-Called "King of
Rock and Roll"
SOPHIA LOREN TO POSE NUDE
The Weekend Warrior's
analysis of the upcoming weekend in the
- He thinks Pirates
will pull in $117 million. If all of his
numbers work, the top twelve films would be
more than 30% higher than last year. That
would represent a marked and welcome
departure from the "slightly up" trend of
the past two months.
"You Don't Know What You
Think You Know: An Interview with Museum of
Hoaxes Curator Alex Boese"
"Paparazzi: Rachel Hunter
Tyra Banks plays with her
boobs on her TV show
Cleveland fans get best
4th of July fireworks show ever
- The hometown
Indians scored 19 against the Yankees - on
Contreras makes it 17 in
"You should let me in. Do
you know who I am? I'm The Hoff."
The Six Most Feared but
Least Likely Causes of Death
Anthony Hopkins, Meryl
Streep and Paul Giamatti have signed on to
star in director Michael Hoffman's Tolstoy
Record hammerhead shark
was pregnant with 55 pups
Woman Gets 17 Years for
Eating Dead Rival's Tongue
What is Orlando Bloom
"Who Will Play The Silver
Surfer? It appears that an actor might not
even be necessary."
Before they hit upon
the master plan, the aliens had plenty of
Plans 1-8 From Outer
The Bristol Stool Scale,
as per Wikipedia
Monty Python, Three
Skits: Killer Cars, Dead Parrot & Lumberjack
David Hasselhoff's video
for Jump In My Car
URL says it all:
The great under and
over pants debate ...
The Truth About
Superman's Underpants Revealed
Sad news. You're on
your own. You no longer have a friend when
things get rough.
H.R. Pufnstuf dies at 71
Buffy The Vampire Slayer
- an Unaired Pilot, made before Hannigan was
cast as Willow
Fourth of July Special -
Simon and Garfunkel perform America in Central
Park. One of
their most beautiful songs ... "'Kathy, I'm
lost,' I said, though I knew she was
Fourth of July Special:
America, Fuck Yeah
Yellow asterisk: funny (maybe). White asterisk: expanded format.
Blue asterisk: not mine. No asterisk: it probably sucks.
De Noche Vienes, Esmerelda (1997)
El Beso del Sueno (1992) is a crime thriller starring Maribel Verdú.
She makes a good living meeting men on trains, taking them back to her
room, drugging them, and stealing all of their valuables, hence the title of
the film, "the good-night kiss." Meanwhile, Juan Diego, a former police
detective, is hired by a major crook to guard the courier who is taking huge
sums of cash out of the country to be laundered.
Some of you are way ahead of me by now.
Verdú nails the courier, grabs two huge suitcases full of money, and Juan
Diego is hot on her trail, but falls for her. Meanwhile the bag guys don't
trust Juan Diego, and want their money back.
Verdú does full frontal and rear nudity in this one, which is reason enough
to watch a film, but Verdú is the only reason to watch this one. The plot is
not spectacular, there isn't really enough action, and all of the characters
are somewhat seedy.
This is a C-.
IMDb readers say 5.9.
Dann reports on Stoned:
Who founded the
Rolling Stones? The name that may NOT spring to mind is Brian Jones, but
he was the founder of the Stones, who at 27 was found nose down in the
cheese dip, well actually in a swimming pool, only a week after being let
go by the band. His story is told in 2005's Stoned.
Jones lived a wild life of drugs, booze,
and sex. He wrote songs and played guitar, but after several drug
convictions, he was unable to tour with the band in some countries
(including the U.S.), and eventually reached the point where he was
consuming tons of the band's money, but without contributing anything to
the group. At this point, he was cast out of the group.
Apparently, there is some disagreement
about what happened the night of his death, but director Stephen Woolley
reportedly spent 10 years researching his life and death.
The movie is interesting, although it
plodded a little too much for my taste. Biopics tend to do that, of
course, and the unrated version, at least, paid plenty of attention to the
sex and drugs, as well as the rock 'n roll.
It's an OK movie, but as portrayed in the
movie, the "hero" was a druggie boozer who encouraged his girlfriends to
have sex with other band members, then beat the crap out of them for doing
it. Not a very sympathetic character, to be sure. Also, as is common with
these type of movie, there was way too many montages and crappy footage
made to simulate old home movies. Personally, I'd much prefer to be able
to see what I'm seeing.